Kristen Tapping

Engineering student Kristen Tapping wins first place for 2020 Design Innovation in Plastics

The competition challenges students to design a product with a focus on "improving lifestyle and saving resources" in a city environment, for use in flat or commuting
09 July 2020

BSc Product Design student, Kristen Tapping, won first place in the 2020 Design Innovation in Plastics competition (3 July 2020) for her urban cycle scheme, Rolloe.

The competition challenges students to design a product with a focus on "improving lifestyle and saving resources" in a city environment, for use in flat or commuting.

Kristen was shortlisted amongst 100 entries and judged by renowned industry figures via a video conference.

Discussing her design, Kristen said: "World Health Organisation research found outdoor air pollution grew 8% globally in the past five years, with billions of people around the world now exposed to dangerous air.

Rolloe is a response to this problem.  It is a filter system for urban cycle hire schemes that uses the wheel’s rotary motion to draw air in at street level and force it through a series of filters.

Other benefits include a dynamo LED in the disc for rider safety, plus a reward system (coffee club points) to reflect how many meters are cycled with Rolloe."

Watch the ceremony.

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